These are the most attractive machines ever, they are encased in a sort of leather look fabric and are made of stainless steel. I have 2 of these machines and the first one is stainless steel bed and the 2nd seems to have a coating of some sort that dulls the look. They are well packed with extra stuff and certainly look the part. Needle selection is where the “magic step” device comes in. Its basically a needle selector – as per the old spanner machines but without the spanner. The magic step device on this machine operates very unusually ie by dropping the needles out of work, how clever.